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JESTER'S HAT WORN BY DAVID TENNANT
As You Like It, 1996
Director: Steven Pimlott
Costume Designer: Ashley Martin-Davies
This was David Tennant's first production for the RSC. He played Touchstone, a jester. The costumes for this production were described as 'almost defiantly traditional' by one newspaper critic. This jester's hat is a good example of the traditional approach.
The set, on the other hand, was startlingly modern. A large stainless steel box was filled with a forest of poles. Lighting was used to suggest the colour and movement of the leaves. Pimlott set the first scene in the forest in a snow storm. This went against the usual depiction of a spring forest which is idyllic and safe for the exiled characters.
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